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<H3><A NAME="s7">7. Conduct and Cheating</A></H3>

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<H3><A NAME="ss7.1">7.1 Conduct</A>
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Creating a user and participating in the Merchants Empires universe for any other
purpose aside from simply playing the game is not allowed.<br><br>
Using profanities and harassing other players through repeatedly sending offensive messages
is forbidden.  While it is fine to harass your enemies with the occassional message,
behavior that goes to extremes on this level is forbidden.<br><br>
Users that violate these simple rules of conduct usually find themselves suspended.  If
necessary, a user's ISP will be contacted if the user's behavior is severe and damaging to
gameplay.  This is only true in cases where the suspended user insists on creating
accounts using alternate email addresses.<br>
<H3><A NAME="ss7.2">7.2 Cheating</A>
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(1) Using any type of scripting for merchant actions is forbidden.<br>
(2) Use of more than one merchant per game (by creating multiple users) is considered cheating.<br>
Users that have been caught cheating usually find themselves suspended.<br><br>

Guidelines for resolving cheat accusations<br><br>
(1) If a CHEAT ACCUSTION is filled against a player from an IP address, all users from that IP address stand the chance
of having the IP banned.  It is therefore in the interest of any one player of a group of players using
a single IP address to either: resolve accusations of cheating, or in the event of a CHEAT ACCUSATION,
provide reasonable attestment	of their separate existence (that they are a different person) from the cheating player.<br><br>
(2) If multiple players are using a single IP address, and that IP address has been verified as not
being a gateway machine for other machines on a private subnet, then the onus of explanation of the existence of
multiple players is placed upon the players.  Without this explanation, which can be provided in the form of written
text on the Merchant Empires <a href=http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=31487>Cheat Forum</a>, the IP can be banned in the event of a CHEAT ACCUSATION.<br><br>

CHEAT ACCUSATION<br>
A cheat accusation is lodged by posting a description of the cheat to the Merchant Empires <a href=http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=31487>Cheat Forum</a>.
It is the responsibilty of the accuser to notifiy the accused that an accusation has been filed.  Without such notification,
an accusation is not valid.  If the cheat is verified by Merchant Empires admins, and not formally rebutted by the accused, then the player stands the chance of being
suspended or IP banned.<br><br>

ACCUSATION REBUTTAL<br>
The accused player has the opportunity to post a reply to the Merchant Empires <a href=http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=31487>Cheat Forum</a>.  If no reply is
posted, then the player will be suspended or IP banned.  A player will be given a few days (no more than four) to reply to a cheat accusation.<br><br>

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